Finding an Effective Means of Teaching Managerial Behavioral Skills: Two Different Experiential Teaching Methods Compared

Daryl G. Mitton, Betty Lilligren-Mitton


This Study was undertaken to try to discover an effective means of reaching managerial action skills. Two methods were designed and tested. One approach featured experiential in-class exercises. The customary exercises of this approach, however, were augmented with action/initiation- assertion modifications and additional action exercises. The other approach featured experiential out-of-class activities. A progressive series of exercises was designed to condition subjects to take on a succession of increasingly difficult action skills In their everyday lives. They literally learned on the streets. Only the latter approach proved significant in changing five action-oriented characteristics of subjects, as measured by pre and post testing.

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